Walter Earl Lincecum

Male 1898 - 1953  (55 years)

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  • Name Walter Earl Lincecum 
    Born 17 Jan 1898  Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Name 1915  San Francisco, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Walter Schultz 
    Residence Jan 1925  Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 16 Jun 1953  Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 22 Jun 1953  North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Valhalla Cemetery
    Person ID I10395  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 12 Jan 2021 

    Father Joseph Shelby Lincecum,   b. Abt 1864, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Apr 1919  (Age ~ 55 years) 
    Mother Mamie N. Means,   b. 1882, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Apr 1963, San Bernardino, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married Abt Apr 1897  Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F3698  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Marguerite Irene Anthony,   b. 15 Mar 1899, Springvale, Columbia, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Nov 1983, Santa Clara, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 16 Jul 1919  Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 12 Jan 2021 
    Family ID F3703  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Jewel M. Quinn,   b. Between 1903 and 1904, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 2 Jan 1925  Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 12 Jan 2021 
    Family ID F3704  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents
    Walter Earl Lincecum World War II Draft Registration Card
    Walter Earl Lincecum World War II Draft Registration Card

  • Notes 
    • Walter E. Lincecum
      Pvt Btry D 4 TM Bn
      World War I
      Jan 17, 1898 - June 16, 1953

    • From FBI Case Files: Investigative Case Files of the Bureau of Investigation 1908-1922 via Fold3:
      RE: WALTER LINCECUM - Slacker.
      Report made by Geo. W. Hartz, dated 5 July 1917

      At San Francisco, Calif.

      While standing at the corner of Fourth & Market Sts., in company with Detectives Curtin and Kalembach, of the San Francisco Police Department, we stopped two men and requested them to show their registration cards. One of these men produced his registration card, but the other, WALTER LINCECUM, was unable to do so. When asked his age, stated that he was nineteen years old, born Jan. 17, 1898, at Los Angeles, on Temple Street. He appears to be about 22. When questioned by Agent, he stated that he had been 'bobtailed' out of the army for enlisting under age, having enlisted at a recruiting office below the Chronicle Building on Market Street, February, 1915, under the name of "Walter Schultz" and served eighteen months in F Battery of the 2nd Field Artillery at Camp Stotsenburg, P.I., being dishonorably discharged about August, 1916, for misrepresenting his age.

      Agent asked for his discharge papers. LINCECUM stated that his mother had torn these up. His companion, who gave his name as "J.T.WILLIAMS", stated that he had met LINCECUM at Los Angeles, in March, 1916. LINCECUM stated that his mother could be found at Lageigus, near Santa Barbara, and she had remarried, her name now being MRS.MAMIE FRANZEN; further stated that he had been in San Francisco for six weeks, having tramped here from Los Angeles; that he resides at Hotel Windsor, on Eddy St., and is employed in the candy store at 110 Ellis St.

      Accompanied by Detectives Curtin and Kalembach, Agent took LINCECUM to his place of employment and interviewed the proprietor, O.M.FERRIN, who resides at the Louise Apartments, on Leavenworth St., 'phone Franklin 1646. FERRIN stated that LINCECUM had been in his employ for about a month, giving his age as 21 at the time he went to work.

      Agent then called at the Hotel Windsor and was informed by the clerk that LINCECUM and his sister had registered there June 30th, under the name of "C.ALLEN and MRS.FLO ALLEN"; that they occupied rooms 408 and 409.

      Agent then interviewed MRS. ALLEN and questioned her about her brother's age. She stated that she could not say where or when he was born, he being her step-brother; further, that her brother and self arrived here from Los Angeles in the month of April, on a McCormick line steamer, the name of which she did not recall; that upon arrival here they rented an apartment at 750 Laguna St.; that she was unable to give Agent any further information as she does not know her brother's - or step-brother's - right name. When asked by Agent if they were both the offspring of one mother, MRS. ALLEN said Yes and stated that her mother's name now is NETTIE MUNSON, she having re-married and lives at Bishop, Calif., where she is a Christian Science practitioner.

      LINCECUM was then taken into custody, en route to the Department of Justice.

      The above was reported verbally to Agent in Charge, who wired to Los Angeles to verify the statements made.

    • From Washington Passenger and Crew Lists, 1882-1965 via Ancestry:
      Walter Lincecum was "employed" on the ship Charles E. Moody, arriving at Port Townsend, Washington 20 October 1917 from port Honolulu, T. H. [Territory of Hawaii] 4 September 1917.
      occ: O. S. [ordinary seaman]
      engaged 1 September 1917 at Honolulu
      "to be paid off" at arrival
      age 19
      "Tattoo old maid back L. hand" [physical mark]

    • From U.S. Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963 via Ancestry:
      Walter Earl Lincecum
      enlisted 16 April 1918
      honorable discharge 8 February 1919
      Battery D, 4th Trench Mortar Battalion
      Trench Artillery
      applicant = Mamie Francen (dated 1 July 1953) of Yucaipa, CA
      [Handwritten notation on back] "Prior Serv. Enl. 3-13-14, Other than Hon. 6-13-15, Served under the name Schultz, Walter."

    • From U.S. Army Transport Service Passenger Lists, 1910-1939 via Ancestry --
      Lincecum, Walter E.
      Pvt. Battery D, 4th Trench Mortar Battalion
      Departed Newport News, Virginia October 1918
      Emergency Contact: Mrs. Mamie Francen / mother / Los Angeles, California
      Lincecum, Walter E.
      Pvt. "Btry D 4th Bn T A"
      Ship = Montana; Departed Brest, France 5 January 1919. Arrived Hoboken, New Jersey 18 January 1919.
      Emergency Contact: Mrs. Mamie Francen / mother / Los Angeles, California

    • Per California Voter Registrations, 1900-1968 via Ancestry:
      Walter E. Lincecum, Republican
      occ: City Fireman
      add: 1061 Orme St.
      [This information differs from the January 1920 census.]

    • New Orleans States (Louisiana)
      8 January 1922
      War Hero Begs Aid Of Sympathetic In Helping Him To Conquer Habit, Lost His Wife And Baby; Now Shattered, Can't Help Self.

      When Walter E. Lincecum, 23 years old, left his home in Los Angeles in April, 1918 to fight for Old Glory "over there," he had just turned 20, and the rose was in his cheeks.

      Today, less than four years later, the glow of youth is rapidly leaving his face.

      Not entirely bereft of his will power, Walter Lincecum has gone from one to the other, knocking at the doors of city institutions and piteously crying for succor. But in each case the walls of our boasted social temples have been impervious to his wails.

      Walter Lincecum was about to give up the struggle to save himself from a living death. The New Orleans States is not a social agency, but it owes a certain duty to humanity. And having eyes to see and ears to hear, it absorbed the story of this young man in order to unfold the remarkable facts to its readers.

      We will lose no further time in introducing our subject.

      Walter Lincecum is a morphine addict.

      There is, of course, nothing remarkable about that. There are in this city alone, scores of such unfortunates. But there are many reasons why one should lend a listening ear to Lincecum's story.

      The average morphine addict has become such through choice or evil association. At least nine of every ten we find in our minds have fallen to unfathomable depths of degradation and a like percentage of these outcasts of society have neither the will power nor the inclination toward regeneration.

      Causes Tragedy In Life.
      Aside from its frightful ravages, morphine has forced a tragedy in the life of young Lincecum. Through its baneful influences it has caused him to lose his most cherished possessions -- his wife and baby boy. With her infant in her arms Mrs. Lincecum a year ago fled from her husband as one might flee from a leper. She left him in Los Angeles and went to her relatives in Seattle.

      Left alone, Lincecum's desire for morphine became greater. Already the drug had sunk its fangs into his system and threatened to enslave him beyond all help. The reader should have seen Lincecum as he told his story. Standing six feet and two inches tall, and weighing 160 pounds, this youthful giant impresses one at once with his sincerity of purpose. Even as he told his story the writer found it hard to realize that the handsome, intelligent figure before him was a prey to morphine.

      Less than four years ago Lincecum answered his country's call and joining a mortar battalion at Fort McArthur, Cal., sailed the same year for Brest, France. He was strong then, of body and mind. And in order that Old Glory might wave on triumphantly, young Lincecum was ready and willing to plunge into the jaws of the enemy's stronghold.

      And now --

      What a wonderful -- or rather pitiful -- transformation. The young giant who scoffed at German bullets and machine gun fire today crouches in terror before a more deadly enemy. He must have between four and six grains [grams?] of morphine daily. And as time goes on he craves for more. Its grip is tightening upon him.

      In his home town Lincecum failed to get the medical aid which he craves. He wants to conquer this muscular giant which is knawing at his vitals. But he is helpless. Lincecum is industrious. He is a book salesman and finds little trouble getting work.

      Wants Wife's Forgiveness
      "But what is the use," he wailed. "Almost every penny I earn goes towards the purchase of that damnable stuff." And then he told of losing his wife and baby.

      "If I have to lay down my life afterwards, I mean first to make a man of myself and to clasp them in my arms once again before I die. I want to hear my wife's sweet voice breathing into my ear words of forgiveness and I want to feel the chubby arms of my little boy clasped about my neck. I want my wife some day to look again lovingly into my eyes and feel proud of me." Lincecum stopped abruptly. Tears welled in his eyes. He began again:

      "I have come to your city for help. My own could find no way. But again here I was disappointed. For here, too, there seemed no way of helping a creature such as I am. I have gone to the Red Cross, and to other bodies to which I believed I was entitled to go for aid. But there was no way.

      "One man advised me to plead guilty to some federal offense that I might be sent to the Atlanta penitentiary, where I could be cured.

      (Continued On Page Two)


      Sunk To Depths, World War Vet, Wants To Make Comeback

      (Continued From Title Page)

      I suppose I can be cured there. But God knows a hospital is a more proper place to treat my case. I decided to try again before taking his advice. Another man told me to come here, he said The States would take up my case if it was a worthy one, and so I am here."

      Lincecum does not want any money; he is strong and willing enough to work for it, and when normal, is a good salesman. He does not ask for food or clothing or any of the world's goods. He asks for medical aid. He wants to crush the monster which is threatening to crush him.

      And so --

      What Will You Do?
      Will New Orleans turn away this big, handsome, intelligent young man, just as his own native city turned him away? Must he leave here perhaps to find help elsewhere?

      Is there a physician of prominence in New Orleans who will take this young man's case and cure him. Lincecum can be cured of the drug evil. The reason he can be cured is because he wants to be cured. He will doubtless make a good patient, for he craves help. His future depends upon it -- and the future for him is bright.

      Lincecum has no money, but he has a grateful heart, which is crying out for pity. He cannot afford to pay -- not just now, at least.

      "Often I kneel beside my bed and pray for relief. I pray that the grip of this monster be released from my throat. I seldom sleep because of my nervousness and because of the heart-rending, haunting thought of my wife and baby being away from me," he said, his voice trembling with emotion.

      It was while Lincecum was on his way back from France -- still in the service of his country -- that he contracted influenza on the steamship Montana. An unscrupulous attendant on board the ship offered him morphine to ease his pain. He took it. How good he felt after that. And when the effect of the first dose died away and the suffering returned, he took more morphine, and again it eased his pain. Not only did it ease his pain but it gave him a soothing feeling. And so he gradually became a slave to the drug. When he landed at Camp Mills, New Jersey, his first thought was to search for morphine. He had no trouble finding it. He secured it again in Los Angeles and he has found no trouble buying it wherever he goes.

      Lincecum is waiting and praying for an answer to this appeal.

      New Orleans is noted for its hospitality and its charity -- and for its eminent medical men.

      Is there one among these gentlemen who will give enough of his time that Walter Lincecum might become worthy of that wife and baby and bring to him the joy of hearing the words of forgiveness which he craves so much?

      If so, the New Orleans States will communicate to him the happy news. And the New Orleans States believes a soul will be saved thereby.
      A doctor did step up to help Walter, as reported in the New Orleans States (Louisiana) 15 January 1922. At that publishing, Walter had been in a self-imposed (with the help of a doctor) detox for five days. He was not in an institution. Title / headlines of article:


      Walter Lincecum Makes Brave Fight Against Habit

    • San Francisco Chronicle (California)
      6 February 1931 - pg. 7 [via GenealogyBank]

      Hurled through the windshield of the automobile in which he and his wife had "hitch-hiked" a ride on their way to Los Angeles, a World war veteran was almost scalped and his wife suffered cuts and bruises when two machines collided at El Camino Real and Thirty-ninth avenue, San Mateo, late yesterday.

      Walter E. Lincecum, 33, 60 Seventh street; his scalp almost torn off, cuts and bruises to the face, neck and shoulders and possible internal injuries.

      Mrs. Jewel Lincecum, 27, 60 Seventh street; cuts and bruises to her face, head, neck and arms.

      Lincecum and his wife had caught a ride in a southbound automobile driven by William S. Shanabrook, 646 Main avenue, Mountain View, as he was driving through San Bruno. At San Mateo Shanabrook's machine crashed into one driven by Ernest H. Werder, San Mateo county purchasing agent. The injured were removed to San Mateo Community Hospital.

    • According to his 1953 certificate, Walter was divorced at the time of his death. Cause was Myocardial Infarction; Bronchopneumonia - Primary.